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. >> let me ask you about your life since 1975 first. when did you come to the united states? under what circumstances? >> i came first to. why? i stay as a refugee, like other vietnamese refugees. i stayed in camp pendleton for two months. >> california. >> yeah, in california. and then after that, i joined my family here in fair tax, virginia. so we live here for one year. and then one day i was invited by television, you know, showdown l.a., los angeles. so while in l.a., i met with some vietnamese friend. and then they convinced me that california have a better climate and whatever for me. so we decide to move down there in 1 1976. >> where do you live? >> well, we move around. first, we bought a house in huntington beach. with the money i make from the book. and from the speaking tour. i remember it was only $110,000 at that time, four-bedroom, nice house. i only had to put 10%, $12,000. and then i left huntington beach and then go to live in hong kong for almost three years. >> what years were those? >> 1988 to 1991. and then when i come back to america, we go to seattle for one ye
this is that the original stevensons--there were seven brothers, who came to the united states in the 18th century so when they multiply, then you have legions and legions of stevensons who live all across the country now. c-span: where did they come from? >> guest: well, they came originally from scotland, from the lowlands in scotland and life got pretty dour and tough over there so then they went to scotland--excuse me, to ireland, and they're part of this big migration that comes to the united states in the 18th century; comes into pennsylvania and then works its way by means of the great philadelphia road down into the south. and each generation moves on. i mean, this is a really american story, this scots-irish migration. and then these people in turn populate areas of the south. and in a critical decision for the stevensons when they were living in kentucky, they chose to move into the free state of illinois. and, of course, their family history would have been entirely different had they stayed in the south, or even gone farther west into slave-holding states. c-span: what are we seeing right here
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